Bride shares heartwarming dance video with her terminally ill father on wedding day

An Alabama bride's dream-come-true went viral on the Internet.

Mary Bourne Roberts' dream since she was a little girl was to dance with her daddy at her wedding.

Mary and her father, Jim Roberts, would practice around their kitchen, dancing to the song she would one day play for their father-daughter dance.  

"It was such a good thing to happen to him. He was overwhelmed with pride and the love he feels for her. It was a great day for him, a beautiful, perfect day for all of us."

Tracy Roberts


In May 2017 Roberts was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma. 

Glioblastoma is an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer, and doctors weren't sure Roberts would survive until Mary's wedding, scheduled for December 29, 2018.

The video of their dance was posted on Facebook where it garnered over 500,000 views and inspired thousands of people.


But doctors hadn't factored in Roberts' determination to attend his little girl's wedding. 

Roberts was going to be there for his daughter, and he was going to make her dream come true, even if he had to do it in his wheelchair.


At Mary's wedding reception at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, her favorite song started playing. 

To the sound of Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Can Dance," Mary danced with her wheelchair-bound father. As she danced the smiling Mary sang along and twirled around her father who burst into happy tears.

The video of their dance was posted on Facebook where it garnered over 500,000 views and inspired thousands of people.

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Just like Mary Roberts, every little girl dreams of the day she will marry her Prince Charming, and dance with her daddy at her wedding to a beautiful, meaningful song she will remember forever.

Choosing that one special song for a father-daughter dance from the literally billions of possibilities can be a daunting task.

We have compiled a list of the 10 most popular father-daughter wedding dance songs. These are songs that are emotional and loving, and classics that a dad is sure to be comfortable dancing to:

'My Girl' by The Temptations; 'Isn't She Lovely' by Stevie Wonder; 'Stand By Me' by Ben E. King; 'Tiny Dancer' by Elton John; 'I Got You Babe' by Sonny & Cher; 'Brown Eyed Girl' by Van Morrison; 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell; 'You're My Best friend' by Queen; 'Unforgettable' by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole; and last but not least,  'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life' by Stevie Wonder.

Anyone of these lovely songs is perfect to dance to for an unforgettable father-daughter moment.

In a related story, 5 brothers bring the bride to tears with an emotional father-daughter dance in honor of their late dad.

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